October 8, 2006
How about some changes to the Instrument Practical Test Standards (PTS) and instrument currency requirements?
Even though the FAA is phasing out nondirectional beacons (NDBs), instrument students can still be required to demonstrate the ability to fly the obsolete approaches during their practical test (checkride).
And even though a GPS-WAAS VNAV or LPV approach is flown just like an ILS, it doesn't "count" as a precision approach for either training or instrument currency.
"That doesn't make sense, particularly since we are transitioning our navigation system to satellite and will eventually eliminate most of the ground-based navaids," explained AOPA's Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Cebula. And so the AOPA team pushed for changes in both the PTS and currency requirements with the people in Oklahoma City who can do something about it.
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August 10, 2006
Pilot Safety and Skills,
Aircraft and Avionics,
Advocacy and Legislation
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.